Joe Wilmot can't stand his wife, Elizabeth. But he sure loves her movie theater. It's a modest establishment in a beat-down town - but Joe has the run of the place, and inside its walls, he's king. Without the theater, he'd be sunk. Without his leadership, the theater would close in a heartbeat. If it isn't the life Joe imagined for himself, at the very least, it's livable.
Everything changes when Joe falls for the housemaid, Carol, and the two can't keep it a secret from Elizabeth. Elizabeth won't leave Joe the theater unless he provides for her... but he's put all his money into the show house. Carol's and Joe's only hope is the life insurance policies they've taken out on each other. If one of them were to be presumed dead, they'd have more than enough money to solve all their problems....
No one knows murder better than Jim Thompson, and in this incisive foray into the dark dealings of the mid-20th century movie industry, he doesn't disappoint. This is the riveting story of a love triangle gone horribly wrong - and just how far one man will go to hold on to a desperate dream.
"Suspense in high gear." (The New York Times)
"Strong meat." (The Boston Globe)
"Reminiscent of James Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice, both in style and story." (San Francisco Bulletin)
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I couldn't finish this.
- Richard Delman "I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get."
Good one by Thompson